Background Reading on Asia

Read all about Asia and the world, with background reading that will give you context on culture, history, religions and philosophies, education systems, and more!

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A Korean origin myth described in context of Korean society and as a comparison to Western thought.
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Successive Korean kingdoms were able to maintain political independence and cultural distinctiveness from surrounding areas.
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A short essay on Jati, the caste system in India.
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A short introduction to Shinto, Japan's native belief system.
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One man's reminiscence of celebrating the new year in post-WWII Japan.
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A brief timeline of Japanese history.
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The calligraphic tradition, which grew out of the demand for illuminated Qur'ans, became an important art form worldwide.
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An essay about the spread of Islam into Southeast Asia and how religion and expression fit within societal contexts.
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The Safavid Dynasty, a Golden Age in Iran, witnessed a cultural flowering under the charismatic Isma'il and Tahmasp.
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A short history of 20th century Iran, including the Iran-Iraq war and the political climate that spilled into the 21st century.
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Southeast Asia is a geographically diverse region with equally diverse lifestyles and traditions throughout human history.
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Indian society is multifaceted to an extent perhaps unknown in any world culture, but cultural themes do exist.

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